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WebWriter
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on 06/06/2011

Can someone please give me an example of  do follow and the pros and cons of using each of them.

Thank you


CHalloran
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on 06/06/2011

It depends on where you are using them. For example, if you want to link to an allposters item (well we have a module for it here but say if you were on squidoo) the link they provide for you is dofollow, which means, each time you link to their product, they get credit for it, which in return gives them higher google rankings. But if you add a code everytime you see <a you need to make it <a rel="nofollow" then they dont get credit, which is a good thing for you.

chefkeem
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on 06/06/2011

Nofollow links won't pass any link juice to the target page of the link. Dofollow links will.

As a new Wizzley user you start out with nofollow links to your lenses or hubs or wherever you link out to from your Wizzley page. After you've created 5 quality articles, your outbound links will automatically turn into dofollow links.

This process is currently being automated by our German developers, Hans and Franz.

Oops...did I say Hans and Franz?

I meant to say Hans and Simon, of course.  


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
CHalloran
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on 06/06/2011

Hans und Franz ;-)Laughing

AJ
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on 06/07/2011

It's generally accepted that you should add the nofollow attribute to any links that are to affiliates.

They also say you should add the nofollow attribute to any links to sites that are not quality or trustworthy, but then I find myself thinking "But why would moi link to a site that is not trustworthy?" Surprised

Turning it around, the general consensus is also if you are looking for backlinks, then dont use poorly ranked sites for backlinks. Far better to have 10 quality links (from reasonable to high ranking sites that are dofollow) than 50 c**p sites.

WebWriter
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on 06/07/2011

I'm still kind of confused. Sorry.

So is this what I should use for all my links  target="_blank" rel="nofollow"

Is this good for me? Is this what google likes too? I thought google didnt like "nofollow" links. 

Thanks


AJ
Posts: 251
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on 06/07/2011

By giving someone a dofollow link you are helping them by saying I like your site. You are literally telling the Google Spiders that they should follow that link and they will find a quality site, where's there's quality relevant info about the topic you have just written about.

By sharing a quality site you are also building authority for your site in the eyes of Google.

This is how sites build authority and can get themselves ranked higher by Google in the Search returns.

There's no point is allowing dofollow links to affiliates, because Google is looking for quality content to promote, not products.

I am sure someone else can explain this better than me!

cazort
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on 01/03/2013

My recommended practice (which I follow) is to use nofollow on all affiliate links, but not on any other links.  If a site is low-quality enough that I'd be worried about Google frowning on my page because I link to it, then I won't link to it at all.

I think that applying nofollow to links can be a bit suspicious to Google and even to other webmasters--it can look a bit like an attempt at pagerank sculpting, which I think of as a black-hat seo practice, and which I think is generally considered "gray hat"--not best practices.

Nofollow is also used to discourage spam, applied to user-generated content.  I disable nofollow in comments whenever possible, because I always moderate my comments.  If I think a user is linking to a questionable site, then I don't allow them to post their comment.  I think nofollow is only really appropriate in unmoderated or mostly-unmoderated forums.  If you're checking every post, there's no need to apply this tag.


Alex Zorach, editor of RateTea and co-founder of Why This Way
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